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Parade of Historic Homes
2009 Home Tour

HISTORY ON TOUR IN ALBUQUERQUE NEIGHBORHOODS

Long after moving to Albuquerque and shortly after I began to practice Residential Real Estate… I discovered a small but vibrant collection of European style historic homes just north and west of the downtown core, in neighborhoods called “The Fourth Ward” and also “8th and Forrester.” Shortly after, I discovered Wells Park and Sawmill, Huning Highland, then Spruce Park, Silver Hill, and Martineztown. Lastly I ventured south into Barelas, west into Reynolds, and northwest, past Old Town, into Los Duranes. The more I looked and learned, the more I became enchanted by this small collection of historic old homes and neighborhoods.

Like many, I had lived in Albuquerque for years and not been aware that a Victorian, American Colonial, Prairie Mission, Craftsman Bungalow, or any of the other European historic style homes existed here in Albuquerque. Following this discovery, I became enamored with the idea of sharing this unique and charming home market with homebuyers and interested residents of the Southwest.

In 2008 I joined with other creative and committed Realtors and homeowners and we formed the first ever Realtors Parade of Historic Homes. We recruited 22 houses (all actively for sale) for the tour, secured a handful of sponsors, had some high quality yard signs printed, purchased considerable advertising, and enlisted the help of the media to launch that first tour. (see a copy of the January 2008 article in the Albuquerque Journal) Then, on a cool but sunny mid January Sunday afternoon, approximately 400 to 600 members of the public visited the homes on the tour.

 

Henry Mann House    1523_Silver
The Henry Mann House, located on the corner of 14th and Granite, is on both the State Cultural Register and the national Register of Historic Homes.    Home of Former Mayor Clyde Tingley, completed in 1930 at the corner of Silver Ave S and Sycamore, SE.

 

Two of the most heavily visited homes on the 2008 tour were a Spanish Colonial style home built for ex-Albuquerque Mayor Clyde Tingley (1523 Silver Avenue- in the Silver Hill Neighborhood) and the Henry Mann House (724 14th street – on the edge of Old Town), a two story brick Victorian. If you’re interested, you can go back and look at all the homes on previous years tours by clicking through the links on this page for that year.

The original tour was one day in January. This year’s tour will be two days in March. We hope you will make a habit of going on the Realtors Parade of Historic Homes, or at least telling those you know who are new to Albuquerque about this event and about all the wonderful homes, large and small, expensive and affordable, spotlighted for the tour each year. Bon Voyage!

Parade of Historic Homes by Year